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Finally on court in Lithuania, Ball brothers eager to play

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES American basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and his brother, LaMelo, show their shirts after signing for Lithuanian team BC Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas, during a news conference at the Harmony park hotel in Vaizgaikiemis village, Prienai district, Lithuania, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball signed a one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas in the southern Lithuania town of Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)PRIENAI, Lithuania — Flying into a frenzy of camera flashes, cheering fans and funk music, the Ball family discovered in an instant just how much Lithuania has been anticipating its arrival.The star treatment continued for more than 90 minutes on the road from Vilnius airport as a party bus took the younger brothers and father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball to the small town of Prienai on the banks of the Nemunas River.ADVERTISEMENT With the Ball brothers planning a longer stay, the locals are ensuring they feel at home.“We are considering launching a couple of new burgers branded LiAngelo and LaMelo,” said Dovile Malisauskiene, owner of Tango pizza parlor, which was decorated with American and Lithuanian flags to honor the new members of his beloved basketball team. “I think those will be popular.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The improbable one-year deals were struck in December by father LaVar Ball, who also created the Big Baller Brand of clothing and sneakers.“The hospitality is superb,” he told reporters. “You are talking very good English to my boys and we appreciate that. It’s a great experience to all of us.”But the teenagers will now be ineligible for college basketball. LiAngelo left UCLA where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team’s season-opening trip to China. LaMelo was removed from Chino Hills High in California to make this foray into the unknown.Just how will his sons cope in the tough domestic championship?“We are not afraid to get hurt,” LaVar said. “We are just too fast.”ADVERTISEMENT Then, while signing a Lakers cap, a local fan asked when all three Ball brothers would be playing in Los Angeles. “2020,” their father predicted.This is the only team in the Lithuanian league without foreign players and finished sixth at LKL championship last year.“This is great opportunity not only for this club or Prienai town, but for entire Lithuania which will be known better to people abroad who probably never heard of our country before,” coach Virginijus Seskus said after a ceremony at the Vytautas arena where a large traditional tree cake was presented to LaVar.The coach has the seal of approval from the boys’ father.“He has energy,” LaVar said. “You don’t have to speak English if you have energy. He is not one of those rocket scientists who just keep on talking all the time.”Despite the festivities and accompanying television crews, this foray into Lithuania is being taken very seriously by the family. La Var instructed staff of the spa resort they are staying to replace all alcohol with milk and mineral water in their rooms.The town is putting a lot of faith in the Ball brothers to lead BC Prienai to glory.“Our team budget is modest,” Prienai district mayor Alvydas Vaicekauskas, “but now with these new players we may compete for cups.”In basketball-crazy Lithuania, basketball is often dubbed the “second religion” and attracts huge crowds to arenas even at small towns. There have been several Lithuania players in NBA teams, including Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas “Big Z” Ilgauskas at Cleveland Cavaliers.The Balls won’t be the first Americans to play for the club. Brad Tinsley, a former Vanderbilt guard, played here between August and October. Simmons, Embiid star in 76ers rout of Pistons From the coffee shop, where “Prienai Got Balls” flashes on a red neon sign, to the pizza parlor adorned with American flags, this town with a population of around 10,000 provided the Californians with a welcome to savor on Wednesday.After the fanfare, 19-year-old LiAngelo Ball and 16-year-old brother LaMelo on Friday finally started shooting hoops in the small basketball arena where they will soon have to start living up to their star billing playing for BC Prienu Vytautas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was really good practice,” LiAngelo said after being presented with the No. 3 jersey. “I’ve decided to come over here and use this opportunity. This is the place to be. People love basketball here, the country has great culture. I am ready to play.”That could come on Tuesday in the 1,200-capacity arena, with LaMelo wearing the No. 1 jersey. Most tickets have already been snapped up, without the fans knowing if the American recruits will make their debuts in the Baltic league game against Tsmoki-Minsk. 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Abusive relationship ends in murder

first_img…as WBD man shoots girlfriend, kills selfA rocky relationship ended on Tuesday morning when a 24-year-old La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) man shot his girlfriend to her neck before shooting himself in the head.The house on Norton Street, Georgetown where the shooting occurred on TuesdayDead: Daniel HincksonInjured: Faith ThompsonDead is Daniel Hinckson, while his 20-year-old girlfriend Faith Thompson of Lot 39 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown is battling for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Reports are the shooting occurred at about 10:45h while the couple were locked in a bedroom in the upper flat of the two-storey, wooden house at Norton Street, Georgetown.This publication was told that the injured woman’s uncle, Justin, with whom she resides, had just returned home and after realising that the couple were locked in the room, demanded that the door be opened but to no avail. He left the home and shortly afterwards he heard two gunshots. He related that Thompson ran out of the room and sprinted out of the house half naked and covered in blood.The man, in a bid to help his niece, ran into the house in search of a towel to stop the bleeding when he discovered the lifeless body of Hinckson laying in the room with a pistol in his hand.Barbara Robinson, a tenant who resides in the lower flat of the same building related that she also heard the gunshots following which she saw Thompson running out of the building.“When she run out, she deh calling for Justin! Justin! Come carry me to the hospital, he went back up and he collect a towel for her to wrap herself in and they go to the hospital but before that I hear him calling for Faith to open the door and she was trying to make some excuse and she ain’t opening the door, so he pick up the wood and tell her that I gon’ beat y’all, all two y’all today inside of here…and then I hear the gunshot, so he like he think that the bai shoot the girl and try to escape through the back, so he ran out to the back but it’s not until he went back inside that he realise that he shoot himself in the house,” the woman recalled.Thompson and Hinckson reportedly shared a rocky relationship and as a result, the young woman’s mother reportedly sent her to live with her uncle in a bid to escape the abusive man.However, shortly after the move, Hinckson began visiting her at the new address. Just two weeks ago, however, the now dead man had attacked Thompson which led the young woman getting a restraining order on July 8 against him.This publication was told by a neighbour that the now dead man had beaten Thompson some weeks ago, which led to a confrontation between him and the young woman’s father.“They had an incident where he beat her up and he run into this passage way and she and he and she father had a lil exchange, a lil talking but recently he came and he started peeping for the girl,” the woman related.According to the neighbour, she saw the now dead man in the walkway between her house and the house where the incident occurred on Tuesday. She said that Hinckson was cladded in a grey hoody; however, not knowing who he was at the time, the woman said that she enquired and was told that he was Thompson’s boyfriend.Sometime after, the woman said that she heard what she thought to be squibs which were followed by screaming.“I ran out and I saw the young lady half naked with blood on the right side of her neck and she seh that she boyfriend upstairs shot heself,” the woman explained.When this publication arrived at the scene, a large crowd had gathered as Hinckson’s body was being removed by undertakers. Family members of the young man had also gathered in the yard and some in tears. The Police have since launched an investigation into the incident.Only a few months ago, a 39-year-old mother of six was hacked to death by her husband during an argument at their Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) home.The woman, Farida Khayum, was reportedly stabbed several times about her body by the man who later ingested poison.That incident came on the heels of the death of 37-year-old Zaila Sugrim, a mother of four whose body was found in a shallow grave in her husband’s West Coast Demerara (WCD) home.The woman went missing for several days after she had left her brother’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home to attend her eldest child’s birthday party at her husband’s home. The two had reportedly been separated for a lengthy period.This publication had reported that the woman left for the Crane house but failed to return home which alarmed family members.After one day elapsed and there were no signs of the missing woman, the Police were contacted and a search was launched.The Police would have searched several properties of the businessman, Ryan Sugrim, but came up empty-handed. After intense interrogation, the businessman led detectives to an area where he buried the woman.She had a single gunshot wound to her head and her body was burnt. He has since confessed to shooting the woman, dowsing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. After that, he reportedly dug a hole and buried her body.It was reported that the couple has been married for the past fifteen years and the relationship was very abusive.In March 2019, 20-year-old Omawattie Wazi called “Agile” of Lot 33 D Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town, Berbice was struck down by her husband after which she was stabbed and chopped to death by the said man. Wazi had moved to her mother’s Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town home after her husband of 14 months became abusive. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

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Cold-snap school damage adds up

first_imgIn the Palmdale School District, most of the damage from water line breaks occurred at Palmdale Learning Plaza, Los Amigos, Golden Poppy, Desert Willow, Barrel Springs and Buena Vista schools, said Al Tsai, administrator for maintenance and operations. “We had to spend time extracting water through wet vacs. It took a day to dry out,” Tsai said. In the high school district, the damage to Littlerock High School was estimated to be about $160,000, including $100,000 worth of books damaged or lost, Deputy Superintendent Jeff Foster said. “We had a fire sprinkler head freeze and break, and a second-floor exterior pipe freeze and break,” Foster said. “We had ceiling damage and library damage. There was flooding in the library and adjacent offices.” Broken pipes caused damage at other campuses, including $30,000 at the Regional Occupational Program site on Avenue S; $25,000 at Lancaster High School; and $15,000 at Knight High. The district’s information technology office on Beech Avenue suffered $10,000 damage but that cost will be covered by the landlord, Foster said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – January’s record-breaking cold snap caused more than a half-million dollars in damage at three Antelope Valley school districts, with some costs still to be calculated. Most of the damage at Antelope Valley Union High, Lancaster and Palmdale school districts resulted from ruptured pipes that flooded rooms, damaging or destroying books, computer equipment, ceilings and carpet. “The most damage we got was at Littlerock High School. The overhead sprinklers busted, and we ended up having to throw out a lot of books,” high school trustee Donita Winn said. “The information technology building got a lot of damage from broken pipes. An overhead pipe in the bathroom went through and filled the office. There was water coming out the front door.” The high school district is so far estimating $230,000 in damage and Lancaster School District about $300,000. Palmdale had not yet calculated its costs. Two schools in the Palmdale district and one in Lancaster were closed on Jan. 16, the Tuesday following the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend during which temperatures hit record lows. “We are right now with contractors at $300,000. It will be more. Plus on top of that we have a lot of repairs that we have done ourselves,” Lancaster Assistant Superintendent Mick McClatchey said. “We have tons of man-hours that went into this stuff for several days to get classrooms open. That doesn’t even include all the damage to computers, to all the books that were destroyed, and other office equipment that was destroyed as well.” McClatchey said Sunnydale and Westwind schools suffered the most damage. At Westwind, the fire sprinkler system burst and emptied water into 11 classrooms, hallways and the multipurpose room, soaking carpets and damaging walls, computers and books. “It was like turning on a hose and leaving it on all day and night. We lost all of the ceiling tiles and all the insulation in the attic area,” McClatchey said. last_img read more

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‘I’ve never been so happy with him’: Mou praises Pogba

first_imgThey were followed by claims this week that manager and player had exchanged angry words in a heated meeting after comments made by Pogba following last week’s opening league fixture against Leicester.Having starred, and scored, in United’s 2-1 victory, just four days after returning to pre-season training following his World Cup adventures, Pogba claimed: “There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”But Mourinho, preparing for Sunday’s visit to Brighton, insists that argument never took place.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.“He came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it is exactly what I want. It is exactly what I demand from my players.“He’s working well, playing well, he does it for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want. To play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”Pogba will remain captain for the Brighton game, although Mourinho explained that Antonio Valencia will reclaim the armband when he returns to action following a calf injury.And the United manager refused to comment about Pogba’s post-match outburst.– ‘No problems’ –“I don’t care,” said Mourinho. “I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, the fans and that is what it is.“He’s working extremely well here but I have to say in his defence, don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy — he is.“He never had a fight with me. We never had a heated exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.”Mourinho also laughed off suggestions that Pogba would have faced a fine for talking his mind — pointing out that the only United player to have been fined on his watch was Anthony Martial, fined £180,000 for failing to return to their pre-season USA tour following the birth of his child.“You have to ask Paul,” said Mourinho. “I’m here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it’s not easy to be fined here.“So you have to ask him. I’m not going to ask him. I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that’s all that matters.”After a strong showing in the World Cup and United’s opening fixture, Pogba has set a standard which Mourinho claims he is confident the midfielder will maintain — although he will have no problem if not.“I am very confident but if he doesn’t that’s football,” said Mourinho. “If his objective is to play for the team, for the fans, if this is the objective, he has the right for a bad match.“Everybody has a bad day and has little ups and downs in the performance level.”Mourinho will welcome Jesse Lingard back into his squad against Brighton, after returning from World Cup duty.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is on good terms with Paul Pogba © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing.A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for £89.3 million two summers ago and move to Barcelona.last_img read more

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ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS COME TOGETHER FOR AN GRIANAN SHOW

first_imgAUDIENCE members literally took to the stage last night when a collaboration between an Israeli playwright and a Palestinian actor came to Letterkenny.Bassam’ is the heartfelt story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary decision to make. This show explores the themes of revenge and forgiveness set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It is a 50-minute show followed by an open discussion with the Israeli playwright/director and the Palestinian actor Fadl Mustapha. And don’t worry if you missed Wednesday night’s show; it is back on stage again next week.Bassam’ is the heartfelt story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary decision to make. This show explores the themes of revenge and forgiveness set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The play demonstrates parallels with issues of conflict resolution in Ireland. At the core of the story, the play asks of its audience: ‘What motivates people to say no to violence and choose the road to peace?’Bassam is a one man show based on the true story of Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian peace activist whose daughter, Abir, was killed by a border soldier on 16 January 2007. From the age of fifteen, Bassam spent seven years in an Israeli prison for attacking Israeli soldiers during the first Palestinian uprising in 1987. In 2005, Basam co-founded the Israeli-Palestine peace movement, Combatants for Peace (CFP). CFP is a group of ex-Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian prisoners who have joined together to end the Israeli-Palestine conflict through dialogue and community action.Two years after founding CFP, Basam Aramin’s daughter Abir died as a result of a shot to the head from a rubber bullet. In spite of his personal tragedy Bassam continued his peace work.The play Bassam was written in 2008 by Idan Meir, a former Israeli soldier. Idan spent five years in the military and saw a dozen members of his unit, including his best friend, killed in fighting in southern Lebanon in the late 1990s.“The pain was one of the things that moved me to search for different ways of dealing with ‘the enemy’. When I met Bassam I wanted to bring his story to a place where people could hear and see what is going on and show them that the pain of ‘the other’ is just the same as our pain,” he said.An Grianán Theatre Productions presented the first Irish performances of Bassam in a play reading with Irish actor Charlie Bonner as part of the One Donegal Festival on 29 November 2011. A full production featuring the Palestinian actor Fadl Mustapha is touring to venues throughout Donegal and returns to An Grianan next Thursday.Each performance of the play which is approximately 50 minutes long is followed by a post show discussion workshop facilitated by Idan Meir.Please note the audience will be seated on the stage for this show, maximum 60 people.ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS COME TOGETHER FOR AN GRIANAN SHOW was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS COME TOGETHER FOR AN GRIANAN SHOWlast_img read more

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GARDAI SEAL OFF SCENE AFTER DISCOVERY OF BODY IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

first_imgGardai have sealed off the scene where a body was found in Buncrana.BREAKING NEWS: Gardai are investigating the discovery of a body in suspicious circumstances in Buncrana.The body of a man in his late 60s was found in a house last night and following an initial assessment of the scene, Gardai have sealed of the scene.It is believed the man’s body was found in the hallway of his home. A pathologist from the State Pathologist’s office in Dublin is due to examine the scene of the find today.The area has been preserved by Gardai.Gardai are making no official comment on the matter at this stage.We will bring you further details on this story as they emerge. * Gardai have now removed the body, that of a male, from the house and it has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death.GARDAI SEAL OFF SCENE AFTER DISCOVERY OF BODY IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodybuncranaGardaipathologistlast_img read more

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NEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgA man rescued by a Lough Swilly lifeboat when he was 14 has designed a model lifeboat.The lifeboat by Derry man Peter Eyre is due to arrive in Buncrana later today.Lough Swilly life boat station is thought to be the first in Ireland to get a brand new model lifeboat. Peter, an RNLI Engineer who works at the charity’s headquarters in Poole, England, was instrumental in the development of the new lifeboat, by designing its new hull.Peter, from Co Derry. was present in Buncrana when the new lifeboat, the Shannon, arrived into the harbour yesterday (FRI).He had a brush with the charity in 1998 when Lough Swilly Lifeboat came to his aid.Peter revealed, ‘I have always had a link to the RNLI; it has been there in the background. I was just 14 years old when my family’s 30ft cruiser racer yacht was dismasted in rough seas and force 7 winds. The yacht lost its mast and was escorted back to shore by the volunteer lifeboat crew. “I wish the Lough Swilly crew the best of luck with their new Lifeboat. I can tell how much this boat means to them. It is clear they will take great care of her and put her to good use as they bravely respond to people in distress. Knowing that I have designed a Lifeboat that will keep the crew safe when they launch into challenging conditions in their quest to save lives at sea makes me incredibly proud.Crowds turned out along the Donegal shoreline today to welcome the €2.4 million lifeboat to its new home on the Donegal coast.The Shannon class lifeboat is the first in the 191 history of the lifesaving charity that has been named after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat crews. It will be stationed at Lough Swilly RNLI.At 12 noon the lifeboat was escorted into Lough Swilly by a flotilla of boats to an emotional homecoming.The lifeboat is named Derek Bullivant and has been largely funded through a legacy from Mr Derek Jim Bullivant of Bewdley, Worcestershire in the UK, who passed away in September 2011. The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat in the fleet.Waterjets allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. The lifeboat has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles, which makes it ideal for offshore searches and rescues in calm and rough seas.The new lifeboat was developed to operate in the worst of sea conditions and is self-righting, automatically turning the right side up in the event of a capsize. Its unique hull is designed to minimise slamming of the boat in heavy seas and the shock-absorbing seats further protect the crew from impact when powering through the waves.The volunteer lifeboat crew will be busy training around the clock on the new lifeboat and when they are assessed as fully trained on it the new lifeboat will then officially be put on service. Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter said it was a historic day for the local lifeboat station.“We were established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1988 and in 2000 received our first all weather lifeboat. This Shannon class lifeboat will be here for years to come and will come to the aid of many people over its lifetime. May our lifeboat crews always come home safe on her and may she bring many people home to their loved ones.’Lough Swilly RNLI Coxswain Mark Barnett added it was a very emotional day for everyone connected with the RNLI in Lough Swilly.“So many people have made this possible and we are grateful for the continued support we receive and the great welcome from all the lifeboat stations we visited on our passage home. I would also like to acknowledge the incredible gift that the late Derek Bullivant has made to the RNLI, which allowed the purchase of this state of the art lifeboat and which will proudly bear his name.’Lough Swilly’s lifeboats have launched over 700 times and saved 47 lives, as well as bringing 517 others safely home, since its establishment in 1988.NEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaNEW MODEL LIFEBOAT ON ITS WAY TO LOUGH SWILLYPeter Eyrelast_img read more

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The Evolution of Irresponsibility

first_imgEvolutionists at the University of Minnesota have developed a theory for the evolution of impulsive behavior, reports EurekAlert.  They say that because our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, they had to grab what they could without thought of future reward or punishment:When psychologists study kids who are good at waiting for a reward, they find those kids generally do better in life.  It looks as though this is a key to success in the modern world, so why is it so hard for us to accept delays?  The answer may be because we evolved as foragers who encountered no penalties for taking resources impulsively.Surprisingly, experiments with blue jays show that the birds cannot learn to bypass a small immediate reward for a bigger deferred prize, “even after a thousand repetitions.”  Evolutionists had thought that the birds could figure out that a seed in the hand was worth two in the bush.  One researcher, puzzling over this, said, “I think we were asking them the wrong question.”  Further experiments seemed to show that the impulsively-acting birds ended up with just as much reward as they would have had they learned to wait.    The paper to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society claims this might help explain addiction and other compulsive, impulsive human behavior.That’s all Dad needs, another excuse for Johnny to explain why he can’t help being an irresponsible jerk.  Here is another example of evolutionary theory rationalizing the worst in human behavior: humans can’t help themselves, because they evolved that way.  If so, whatever is, is right, so why let modern society get in the way of our own evolution?    The scientists are asking the wrong question, not of the blue jays, but of themselves.  Why do humans understand the value of delayed rewards?  Why do they feel guilty after acting impulsively?  Why do the scientists agree that delaying reward is essential for success in the modern world?  Why would the modern world care?  Why do only humans have a conscience?  Why would anyone show no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Science He Wrote: Hip-Hop Legend GZA’s Geekiest Hits

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#science Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.More than 20 years after Wu-Tang Clan released their 1993 critically acclaimed debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang, one of Rolling Stones’ 500 greatest albums of all time, founding member GZA has returned to the public eye — not only as an artist, but also a science evangelist.Wu-Tang was formed on Staten Island in the early ’90s by three cousins: RZA, GZA, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The group’s premiere single, “Protect Ya Neck,” first gained steam on Columbia University’s student-run station WKCR, and the rest is hip-hop history.After five Wu-Tang albums and six solo records, GZA, née Gary Grice, has found his geek groove at 46 years old, with a cosmos-inspired album called Dark Matter on the way and a new project called Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., an educational reform program that stands for Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science.The “G” in GZA is pronounced like “Genius,” which was the rapper’s alias before joining the Wu-Tang Clan. While the infatuation with quantum theory and cosmology is new, the Brooklyn-based wordsmith has always incorporated intellectual pursuits in his rhymes.In GZA’s 2005 single “General Principles,” the track begins with a chess sample, “The black takes C4, then white could play E4 . . .” and features lines like “I stick to college radios, mix shows / Historic university, to freestyle sick flows / Might give a lecture about your rap texture” and “Ich lebe fur hip hop, you can ask the Germans” (which means “Hip Hop, it’s what I live for). Listen on SoundCloud:The 10th-grade-dropout-turned-hip-hop-legend has veered more into the hard sciences as of late, and we’ve collected the rapper’s more recent ambitions, including a preview of material from his new album Dark Matter and a peek into the classrooms testing his experimental science education program. Click on on for a little multimedia introduction to GZA’s geekiest hits.GZA Surprises a Bronx Compass Science ClassThis THNKR documentary focuses on Science Genius, a pilot project that uses rap as a tool for teaching science concepts. GZA cofounded the program, which launched in 10 New York City high schools, along with Dr. Christopher Emdin, an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College. The two connected after meeting on the above episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio. Every week, students craft rhymes on a particular topic. In this video, the subject at hand is Darwin and evolution.The best Science Genius students battled at Teachers College for a full day with GZA in the recording studio and a tour of the Museum of Natural History. The finalist’s lyrics were posted on Rap Genius.Rapping and Rhyming With Neil deGrasse TysonAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (another one of our favorite geeks) sits down with the rapper to discuss how science has influenced his life and work on StarTalk Radio.Sneak Peek of Dark MatterGZA offers PBSNewshour a preview from one of the songs off of his upcoming album Dark Matter. He rhymes about massive energy, the Big Bang, and the beginning of the cosmic clock.GZA at the 2012 CrunchiesWe were surprised — even though we shouldn’t have been — to see GZA preform in front of the world’s startup and tech elite at this year’s Crunchies Awards.Source: Facebook user theGZAMore stories from PopSugar Tech:Doctor Who (and Daleks) Meet the RoyalsTour de France Live: Catch All the Climbs on Two Wheels Online9 Gadgets to Survive the Sun, Sand, and SeaWeekend DIY: Astronaut Ice CreamThe Jawbone UP Challenge: Tech and Fitness Take on Wearable Gadgets Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… nicole nguyen 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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World Cup 2002: Time for football to prove itself the prince of all games

first_imgAt a time when nothing, not even life itself, can be taken for granted, the World Cup of football has arrived in the East for the first time.It would be crass of me to address this month-long tournament in South Korea and Japan as some kind of global celebration of,At a time when nothing, not even life itself, can be taken for granted, the World Cup of football has arrived in the East for the first time.It would be crass of me to address this month-long tournament in South Korea and Japan as some kind of global celebration of man and his neighbour finding harmony through playing games. Yet we are here, and we are in their hands.In the skies, there are said to be E-3 Sentry AWACS planes over the Korean peninsula. In each of the 20 new stadiums-10 in Japan, 10 in South Korea-there are 1,500 security personnel armed against anything from hooliganism to chemical warfare. Such forces cannot be discreet, but after September 11, discretion is a permanent casualty of terror.ATHLETIC ARTIST: French striker David TrezeguetWe feel the struggle between joy and enmity, between great expectation and fear. Football lost its innocence decades ago. FIFA, the international governing body, is riven by corruption. The teams of 32 countries who reached this 64-match event possess the most privileged and pressured athletes on earth.Zinedine Zidane, a wonderful footballer and now one of the richest individuals performing any sport or art, is a champion of France where racial intolerance recently re-entered politics. “Zizou” is a modest man who summons hypnotic match-winning moments in finals where upwards of half the world’s population watches through television.CUP OF QUIRKSFootball’s weird and wonderful worldSMALL FRYFirst-timer Slovenia, with 1.98 million people, is the smallest country at the Cup CAT’S WALKGiorgio Armani chose striker Filippo Inzaghi as the one player fit to model his clothes NAME CALLINGDavid Beckham’s Chinese fans call him Xiao Bei (Little Bei) or Beikehammu EXECUTIVE ORDERSEmmanuel Olisabede of Nigeria received a Polish passport in time for the Cup after a presidential decreeHe is the son of an Algerian immigrant. His father is a janitor, a meek man of Marseille who scraped a menial living. His grandparents belonged to the Berbers, the nomadic Muslim tribe who roam north Africa.advertisementAnd it was on long summer holidays in the nearby desert that Zidane amused himself by mastering a ball and became, like Pele, like Maradona before him, a player who enriched the world and grew incredibly rich out of a simple, some might think frivolous, gift.How typical of this beautiful, bewitching sport that when France began her defence of the World Cup, against one of her former protectorates, Sene- gal, over the weekend, the greatest player of the greatest game was laid low by injury.How thankful he is that the years have given him such a stage. And how symptomatic that sportsmen are the icons of the new age, and soccer the most nationalist and widely abused of sports.In Seoul, two days before the World Cup kicked off, FIFA was split between members who wanted to impeach its president Sepp Blatter for alleged corruption and mismanagement and a majority which voted resoundingly 139 to 56 in favour of re-electing him for another four years.Blatter’s detractors say he systematically diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from FIFA’s income to perpetuate his hold on power. He denies everything and says it is others, five vice-presidents among them, who are framing him because they are jealous. Sometime soon, a Swiss judge will decide if Blatter faces a criminal trial.This president, like his mentor, the Brazilian Joao Havelange who ruled FIFA as if it were his fiefdom for 24 years before Blatter succeeded him in 1998, uses a legalised kind of bribery to sustain his office.He distributes $1 million to each of the 204-member national associations every four-year cycle, and in addition he has inaugurated a so-called GOAL Project that has benefited almost a hundred of the countries with handouts to provide training and administrative facilities. In effect, Blatter provides the cash, the members provide his power base, and few of them are concerned with probity as much as profit. But enough of the seedy seam in football.It is the prince, the sultan, of games because it transcends all barriers. Rich or poor, black or white, Jew, gentile, Christian or Muslim, no one is excluded; all play to a common book of rules. This, for most of us, is what football is all about. I doubt that anything else could persuade Japan and South Korea to suspend their half-century of enmity to cooperate in a cross-border event.You in India will understand when I suggest that it is not so much one tournament as two back-to-back versions. Japan spent $4 billion (Rs 19,600 crore) establishing its 10 fantastic new stadiums; Korea spent $2 billion (Rs 9,800 crore) matching the building of modern amphitheatres.If one Asian tiger built them, the other had to save face by building at least the equivalent. If economic depression threatened them, neither scaled back these monuments to their ability to harness computer technology to reflect their separate cultures.And so we move around Japan and Korea, using two languages, two currencies, two mind-sets … two of everything. And so, clearing the stage for the performers who have everything millionaire salaries can buy, half-a-million visitors from all backgrounds descend on these stadiums under airspace cleared of commercial aviation.WHO will win? I happen to be English, but I suspect my country, like two-thirds of the participants, are here to make up the numbers. France, having discovered schools of technique beyond most rivals, and despite Monsieur Le Pen employing talents from former colonies in Africa, has a more balanced side, with better goalscorers than it had in 1998.advertisementDREAM XI-INDIA TODAY: selects the pick of the planet as the sport’s finest gather for the World CupClick here to EnlargeArgentina, which always seems to rise when its nation is troubled by military or, as now, economic despair, has arguably even more world-class tal- ents, a greater pool of resources. The Argentines, from Juan Sebastian Veron to Gabriel Batistuta, say their motivation is to lift the morale of their people rather than to crave bonus money they scarcely need. That motivation could spur Argentina to the final.But to reach it, the team would probably have to eliminate France. And Les Bleus, as the French are known, might have to contend with Brazil whose claim to the most successful football nation on the planet is threatened. In recent weeks, Ronaldo and Rivaldo have returned from injury, and Brazil has a new belief.So, of course, do the emerging football continents. It is hot here, and humid too. The monsoons are coming, and already thunder and lightning visit the evenings. And we wait to see if Korea or Japan, or both, achieve the minimum expectation of host nations, to qualify for at least the second round.Both hosts are running with zeal unsuspected in their footballing past. Both have European coaches. Both have the advantage of climate and of taking their players into training retreats lasting months at a time.Finally, for now, there is a new population unleashed on this World Cup. The Chinese, unlike their sad communist cousins in the shuttered northern half of Korea, are part of the action. And on June 8, on the beautiful island of Jeju, Brazil takes on China in a match that, from their two populations alone, represents the biggest television attraction of this new millennium.If you have the time and the inclination, try to see this game. At the heart of it is Li Tie, the midfield fulcrum of China. In 1993 he was one of 23 boys sent to live, to breathe and to sleep football in a rural training camp near Sao Paulo.advertisementLi Tie was the best, or the most dedicated of those adolescents and he has become the product of a remarkable social and human experiment, a Chinese man sent out of a closed society into one that, through football, conquered the world.Rob Hughes, football correspondent for the International Herald Tribune will be writing exclusively for INDIA TODAY during the World Cuplast_img read more

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